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Business License

During the first weeks after the re-opening of Town Hall on October 13, 2016, new businesses operating within Town limits MUST obtain a business license or face Municipal penalties for operating without a Business License. Emergency/Priority Business Licensing will be focused on licensing those businesses that provide recovery services to assist our citizens and businesses, such as tree and debris removal, roofing and contractors. All State Contractor Licensing requirements remain in effect.

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Business License Search / Look-up

Business License Renewals and Tax Payments

Town of Hilton Head Island will be extending business hours for emergency business license and emergency permitting until Friday, October 28, 2016.

Hours:  8:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m., Monday-Friday (October 24-28, 2016)

Town Accommodation Tax and Beach Preservation Fee:

The Town of Hilton Head Island recognizes the impact Hurricane Matthew has made on our business community. The Town will provide a penalty grace period for Accommodation Tax and Beach Preservation Fee payments due October 20, 2016. The penalty grace period has been extended until midnight November 18, 2016.

State & Federal Income Tax Information:

According to the South Carolina Department of Revenue (SCDOR), it has extended deadlines for South Carolina income tax returns including quarterly estimated payments due October 17, 2016. For other types of taxes, visit the website below. The IRS is reviewing disaster accreditations and may provide similar relief.For more information, visit SCDOR's website at www.dor.sc.gov/hurricane-Relief

For questions regarding business license applications, please contact the Business License Division at 843-341-4677.

Business License Information

The Town of Hilton Head Island requires any business operating within the limits of the Town, including home occupations, to obtain a Business License. An individual shall be deemed to be in business if that individual owns and rents more than one (1) residential unit within the Town, and is required to obtain a business license. This applies to both short-term and long-term rentals.

Application for a business license is made by submitting a completed Business License Form to the License Clerk at the Business License Division located at Town Hall or by mailing the completed application to the Town of Hilton Head Island, One Town Center Court, Hilton Head Island, SC 29928. There is a $10.00 non-refundable application fee payable at the time of application.

Business License Fees

The Business License fee is based upon the type of business, location, and the estimated gross revenue of the business for the remaining calendar year. Fees for new businesses are paid at the time the business is opened. The initial fee is based upon projection of the gross revenue and a pro rata percentage of the annual fee determined from the month of startup.

All Business Licenses expire on December 31st of each year regardless of when the account was opened.

Any business found to be operating without a valid Town Business License will be subject to punishment under the general penalty provisions of the Town Code. Fines may be assessed up to $1092.50 per day of non-compliance.

Please note: Depending upon the type of business you start, purchase or where you locate the business, other permits may be required.

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